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A Map Guide to Composer John Cage's Early Life in Los Angeles

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Today is the centennial of the composer John Cage, who's probably most widely known for "4'33," which instructs the musician to play nothing at all for four minutes and 33 seconds. LA Times music critic Mark Swed has written a great piece about Cage ("No one in the last century did more to change the way much of the world now thinks about, makes and consumes art."), detailing his early life in Los Angeles, which is often overlooked: "the voluminous Cage literature has underestimated or glossed over the degree to which his revolutionary ideas had their origins in the singular and sometimes outlandish L.A. cultural stew of the '20s and '30s -- a liberating, vibrantly open society where highbrow émigré artists mixed with mystics and movie stars, where artistic and sexual experimentation were not necessarily separate activities." Cage was born Westlake; lived in Glassell Park, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood (in the Schindler House); and studied at Pomona, UCLA, and USC. He was friends with the gay activist and Mattachine Society cofounder Harry Hay, studied with Arnold Schoenberg, and had a long affair with Rudolph Schindler's wife Pauline. Cage moved to New York in the 1940s and spent the rest of his life there, but he was still a pretty badass Angeleno. Here's your tour of John Cage's Los Angeles (do read Swed's story for much more).

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1. Good Samaritan Hospital

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1225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. 616 W 43rd Pl.

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616 W 43rd Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90037

3. 2708 Moss Ave.

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2708 Moss Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA

5. Los Angeles High School

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4650 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

6. 347 W. Sixth St.

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347 W 6th St
Claremont, CA 91711

7. Pacific Palisades

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Pacific Palisades
Los Angeles, CA

8. Santa Monica Bay Women's Club

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1210 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. Schindler House

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833 N Kings Rd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. Richard Buhlig's studio

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102 S Carondelet St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

11. Arnold Schoenberg's house

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116 N Rockingham Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

12. Arts and Crafts Co-operative Shop

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2610 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

13. UCLA

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10920 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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1. Good Samaritan Hospital

1225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

1225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. 616 W 43rd Pl.

616 W 43rd Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90037

616 W 43rd Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90037

3. 2708 Moss Ave.

2708 Moss Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065

2708 Moss Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065

4. KNX

Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA

5. Los Angeles High School

4650 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

4650 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

6. 347 W. Sixth St.

347 W 6th St, Claremont, CA 91711

347 W 6th St
Claremont, CA 91711

7. Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA

Pacific Palisades
Los Angeles, CA

8. Santa Monica Bay Women's Club

1210 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1210 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. Schindler House

833 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

833 N Kings Rd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. Richard Buhlig's studio

102 S Carondelet St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

102 S Carondelet St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

11. Arnold Schoenberg's house

116 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049

116 N Rockingham Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

12. Arts and Crafts Co-operative Shop

2610 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

2610 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

13. UCLA

10920 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

10920 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024